Puerto Vallarta is Getting Ready to Receive the First Post-Pandemic Cruise
Following strict health protocols that include negative coronavirus tests, hygiene areas and other procedures that guarantee the health safety of both passengers and crew, the international cruise ships have begun their gradual reactivation.
During August 2021, Carnival will resume its travels to the Pacific and Mexican Caribbean, the same month in which this line’s first cruise is expected to arrive in the Puerto Vallarta maritime terminal.
“The gradual and responsible reactivation of cruise ships represents excellent news for the tourism sector. Thanks to their influx and economic spillover, they are a segment that will contribute to triggering the economic recovery of our country”, said Germán Ralis, secretary of Tourism for Jalisco.
According to the Administración Portuaria Integral (API) (Port Terminal), 137 cruise ships arrived in Puerto Vallarta in 2018, with 360,812 passengers and an estimated economic spill of 651 million pesos. In 2019 increased to 181 cruise ships, with 482,335 passengers and an economic spill close to 870 million pesos.
Due to the pandemic, cruises were canceled in March 2020, so at the end of that year only 73 cruises with 151,359 passengers were registered, a number that represents the highest visit of passengers to our destination in one first quarter.
In the other hand, it should be noted that, during the highest point of the confinement in 2020, the Government of Jalisco, in coordination with the three levels of Mexican government, provided support to repatriate cruise passengers and crew through humanitarian bridges in our destination.